From Friday until Sunday afternoon, my time in New York City was completely consumed by all my favourite things: fitness, friends, and food!
Saturday morning began bright and early, as Kat, Alex and I went to Right Fit NY for a 9 am boxing session!
I’ve only boxed once before, in Brooklyn three years ago. I remembered it being challenging, fast-paced, and an intense workout! I had a feeling when I
walked crawled into the basement where Right Fit NY is located, that this session would be no different.
Our session with our trainer, Ricardo, lasted about an hour, and I was literally on my toes for the whole time. And when I wasn’t bouncing back and forth trying to get the hang of the uppercut, I was planking, burpee-ing, running laps around the block. Since I was by far the least experienced at boxing out of the three of us, I had a lot of catch up learning to do! Staying that focused for an hour reminded me a lot of the mental toughness it takes to compete in an intense squash match.
Ricardo was constantly
yelling at motivating us to push us to our limits, and I truly feel that I did just that. It can be hard to push 100% when you’re training solo, so it was great to have someone not only telling me what to do, but to be completely focused on how hard I was actually working.
Food was definitely needed after our morning sweat session, so we stopped in at a coffee shop and restaurant, Lafayette, where they had an incredible array of baked goods, including these babies…
We bought three “Canelé”, and I got an iced coffee. All delicious, delicious, delicious, and a great appetizer for brunch.
After our brunch “warm up” and a shower, Alex and I headed to a Belgian restaurant, La Petite Abeille, for brunch! We started off our meal with “Poffertjes”, which are mini Flemish pancakes dusted in icing sugar.
We couldn’t decide on what to order for our mains, so we decided to get two items and split them. Between the two of us, we shared the Omelette Ardennaise (bacon, mushrooms, onions, and spinach, as well as the Poulet Club (grilled chicken, avocado, tomato and arugula on a Challah baguette). They were both delicious, but I definitely preferred the omelette. The combo was a flavour explosion!
We were so engrossed in conversation, (and so hungry) that I forgot to take pictures of our meals. However the couple next to us ordered a Croque Monsieur (basically a deluxe grilled cheese sandwich), which looked like it belonged in a magazine. When the guy whipped out his phone to take a picture of it, I didn’t feel too badly asking if I could take one as well. Foodie photographers unite! 🙂
Afterwards, Hadley, Alex and I spent some time wandering around the Farmer’s Market at Union Square, and sampled a bazillion different things. You can never say no to free samples, right?
I tried some falafel and pita with what I thought was hummus, but turns out it wasn’t. I was a little skeptical at first…
We also stopped in at Whole Foods so that Hadley could pick up a couple things, and while walking around the store I
ran into sought out the “Grind your own nut butter” machines. Oh, how can I resist.
That right there, ladies and gentlemen, is 56 cents worth of freshly ground almond butter. I snacked on this straight as I meandered around Broadway and Washington Square park on my way to SoHo.
Alex then had to go into work, so I got to meet up with Rose and Emma for a little bit. If you’ve read any of my posts including food so far, you most likely know about my love for Greek yogurt. Rose also shares this passion (yes, I would say Greek yogurt is a passion of mine), so we decided to check out the trendy store.
However, as I glossed over the menu, my eye caught the word “peanut butter”. Done and done.
I ordered a PB&J yogurt creation, consisting of peanut butter, jelly, grapes, and peanuts! It was TO DIE FOR.
I often mix peanut butter with my Greek yogurt, and have done the PB&J combo before as well, but this was on a whole new level. The peanuts added great texture to the dish, and although I was initially weary of the grapes, they were quite refreshing and balanced out the saltiness of the peanuts!
This snack held me over pretty well until dinner, when I met up with Tyler at an Italian restaurant. Neither of us were super hungry, so we ordered a Margherita pizza to share.
We sat there for about 2 hours on a Saturday night while spending a total of $8.75, so I’m pretty sure the waiters were not too fond of us.
We finished off my “Incredible Foodie Day” with some FroYo, before I met up with Kat to spend the night at her place. It was a great first day in the big city, and although I was exhausted, I was excited to do much more of the same the following day!